APS Teatru Unplugged performances have become a staple of the Maltese calendar. This year continues into its 24th edition with more talent from around the islands and is sure to excite and delight all in attendance. This year will bring a blend of sounds that will offer something for everyone and is certainly a great addition to the autumn lineup of cultural events in Malta.
Originally co-founded by the pairing of Nirvana Azzopardi and Jonathan Shaw, APS Teatru Unplugged is one of the most anticipated and long-running events in the country. Starting in 1998, this two-evening event has always been a hub for talented artists of all kinds expressing the current musical flavors of the island.
Since her passing in 2013, the event has become a memorial for the late Nirvana Azzopardi as well as a celebration of Maltese musical talent. This year, however, another change is coming to the production as Jonathan Shaw has passed on his position of producer to Julia Hickey, who will be co-producing the event with Teatru Manoel. Julia has been involved with the event since 2013 and has been taken under the wing of Jonathan as well as artistic director Renzo Spiteri. Both of whom are confident that she will maintain the spirit and atmosphere of the event.
This year’s edition also welcomes Colin Fitz as the master of ceremonies for the event. Famous in both print and broadcasting, Colin will guide the audience through the evening with the unique style of wit and humour that he is known for. As compere, he will introduce the acts as well as entertain with his own commentary throughout the night.
His presentation will hold together an ensemble of newer and more well-known local acts with musical genres that span from alt rock to more catchy pop tunes, all of course holding the event’s quintessential acoustic theme. Performing at this year’s APS Teatru Unplugged will be Dario Genovese, Djun, Family3 featuring Jackie Pace Delicata, Chasing Pandora, and Moira Stafrace.
As with other years since 2013, this edition of APS Teatru Unplugged acts as a memorial to the memory of co-founder Nirvana Ciavola Azzopardi. Moreover, this year marks the 10-year anniversary of her death to breast cancer. Donations collected during the APS Teatru Unplugged concerts will go to Hospice Malta to continue aiding their endeavors to help those in need. Donations can be given in person at the event or online at https://hospicemalta.org/product/teatru-unplugged-donation/
APS Teatru Unplugged takes place on November 3 and 4 at Teatru Manoel, which has hosted the event from the very start and now also acts as co-producer of the production. As one of the most highly awaited events of the Maltese cultural calendar, tickets go fast so grab your seats while you can.
Tickets can be booked on the official Teatru Manoel website https://teatrumanoel.mt/, over the phone by calling +356 2124 6389, and in person at the theatre in Valletta.